u Dallas Film School in Texas

This is your
Dallas Classroom

Real filmmaking education. Real film industry connections.

An Immersive
Film Education

From directing to producing to editing and screenwriting, our externship-based, mentor-taught programs avoid the unnecessary costs and unrelated requirements of typical schools. Work directly with accomplished industry veteran filmmakers at one of our fully-equipped film production companies across the country.

Programs

You will study inside a real film production company in your city as you develop your movie idea with a legendary to filmmaker. Then you will fly to Los Angeles or New York to pitch your idea to an executive that could buy or get your movie idea made.

Director / Producer / Screenwriter Details

The screenwriter is the person who creates, takes, or adapts an idea and formulates a screenplay. Without the writer, there would be no movie. Period. He or she is the starting gate. He or she is the person that starts the ball rolling down the hill.

Screenwriting Details

In many ways the film editor is the most misunderstood of all film professionals. Often considered just a film technician, a good editor is, without doubt, much more than that. He or she is also a qualified storyteller of the highest order.

Film Editing Details

The cinematographer is literally the set ‘magician.’ DPs are responsible for the technological wizardry to help create the needed light, while at the same time also having the keen sensibility to shape the light for the greatest artistic effect.

Cinematography Details

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Dallas

Film Connection Film Institute
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Get started with a tour of one of our Texas apprenticeship/externship locations. Or call us for more information at (469) 385-4422


About Our Dallas Film School

Our fully-immersive curriculum
covers all of the following:

Building Relationships

Learn filmmaking in the real world with the Film Connection’s mentored externship-based approach. We make building relationships an integral part of what we do.

Hardware and Equipment

Film Connection mentors work in the real world where the competition is fierce and having the right gear matters. As an extern you have access to the latest hardware and tools of the trade.

On-Set Etiquette

Knowing how to handle yourself on the set is a prerequisite for any successful career in filmmaking. Your mentor will guide you through proper etiquette during real film shoots.

Making Movies

We believe the whole point of going to any film school or program should be to learn how to make movies—especially YOUR movie. Our curriculum is designed around this concept, from start to finish.

What is the Next Step?

We get it. This isn’t your normal four-year college or trade school. We’re different, even innovative and you need to understand more before you apply. Here’s how you can get more info:


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Meet our Faculty

Why learn from teachers when you can learn from the professionals?

David McClain Dallas Mentor

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David McClain Dallas Mentor

Background

Credits: Coca Cola, Google, Dateline, Travel Channel, NBC

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Demetria Kalodimos Dallas Mentor

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Demetria Kalodimos Dallas Mentor

Background

In 2000, Demetria established Genuine Human Productions, writing, directing, shooting and editing true stories about real people…genuine humans. Demetria Kalodimos has anchored and reported television news for more than 30 years. She’s won some of journalism’s most prestigious awards including 15 regional Emmys, 2 National Headliners and 2 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

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Rocco Michaluk Dallas Mentor

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Rocco Michaluk Dallas Mentor

Background

Michaluk has been creating award winning Film & TV productions for over 15 years. His Film Clients include Columbia Pictures, Indian PaintBrush, PBS, NBC, American Empirical Pictures and Fountainbrush Films. His Television clients include NBC, Television Academy / Emmy’s, MTV, Viacom, E! Entertainment, CBS, ABC, Travel Channel, Leftfield Pictures, PETA, and others.

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Alejandra Huerta Dallas Mentor

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Alejandra Huerta Dallas Mentor

Background

Alejandra Huerta specializes in On-Screen Promotions, Executive Presentation Tapes and Sizzle Reels. She started her career with Andromeda in Miami offering Production Services to MTV Latin America as an editor for on-air promotions. She then relocated to New York where she became a successful producer and editor for Viacom and NBC Universal. After her professional experience in NY she relocated to Florida where she continues to manage, produce and edit projects at Andromeda Productions.

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Joaquin Palma Dallas Mentor

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Joaquin Palma Dallas Mentor

Background

“The thing I admire most about the program is that it pairs you with people doing the job that you are aspiring to do. In doing that, I feel it gets rid of the “glamour” that people associate with this business, and helps them realize that it is, in fact, A JOB. It takes hard work, a lot of practice and a sincere courtesy towards one’s colleagues to get ahead and stay relevant; not that tired stereotype of the suffering artist that won’t settle for anything less than his vision of perfection! I don’t think they teach you that at traditional film schools.” — Joaquin Franco Palma

Joaquin Franco Palma was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation American. Having started his career as a production assistant, Joaquin has gone on to become an award winning writer and director of both independent features and TV; most notably, as a staff writer on the Emmy nominated HULU series, EAST LOS HIGH. Aside from writing for the screen, Joaquin is also a published author of fiction and is a youth writing volunteer for the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND and NOSOTROS ORGANIZATION programs.

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Drew Mason Dallas Mentor

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Drew Mason Dallas Mentor

Background

I started getting serious about making videos during summer backpacking trips with my friends between college semesters at Central Michigan University. Shortly after graduating, I was asked to produce a local TV show. I jumped at the opportunity and never looked back. Since then, I’ve produced videos for documentaries, national ad campaigns, and commercials for multinational companies. Recently I was part of a team that produced videos for Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City, and we received an Emmy Award for special event coverage.

My introduction to the business wasn’t with videography; I was a wedding DJ for nearly 8 years. Through this experience, I discovered that weddings are not only among my favorite things to be a part of, but also to film. I love capturing the excitement, love, and energy surrounding them.

When I’m not editing videos – haha, funny joke – I like to make music. In fact, I serenaded my wife Amanda with my ukulele for our first kiss. True story! I also try to get out to the backcountry wilderness with just a backpack from time to time, especially in beautiful northern Michigan.

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John Lafia Dallas Mentor

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John Lafia Dallas Mentor

Background

John Lafia is a director and writer, known for Child’s Play (1988), Child’s Play 2 (1990), Man’s Best Friend(1993) and 10.5 (2004)

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Brian Dryden Dallas Mentor

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Brian Dryden Dallas Mentor

Background

Clients: The North Face, Cherokee Sports, LSU

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Grant Salisbury Dallas Mentor

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Grant Salisbury Dallas Mentor

Background

Over fifteen years post production experience in Orlando—Grant has provided video editorial, 2D & 3D animations, and motion graphics for a multitude of media clients through his post production company, GFX Creative.

Short & Long Format Video Editorial, Event & Theme Park Animations, Infomercials, Broadcast Commercials, Corporate Communications and Interactive Media for The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Sea World, Lockheed-Martin, AAA Insurance, 3M, Siemens, Honda, A&D Medical, Toyota, FedEx and others.

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Jae Macallan Dallas Mentor

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Jae Macallan Dallas Mentor

Background

Jae Macallan is the owner, producer, and lead editor for Yoyostring Creative in Seattle, WA., with satalite offices in Portland, OR and San Diego, CA.  Yoyostring produces traditional video as well as animation, 360 VR, live video switching and video mapping. 

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Ron Osborn Dallas Mentor

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Ron Osborn Dallas Mentor

Background

“Simply put, there is no better or more effective way to teach anything than one-on-one, mentor to student.  This is what the Film Connection does.” — Ron Osborn

A writer/producer in television for 35 years, Ron has been nominated for 7 Emmys, 3 Cable Ace Awards, and 2 Writers Guild Awards on shows like MOONLIGHTING, THE WEST WING, and the adult animated DUCKMAN.  He has written pilots for every primetime network, numerous cable networks, as well as movies like MEET JOE BLACK; and has developed feature projects with Steven Speilberg, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, among others. .

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The Film Scene in Dallas

The Dallas, Texas Film Connection Film School Advantage

The Dallas, Texas Film Connection Film School Advantage

1) Learn Where You Live.

The Film Connection has hundreds of locations throughout the United States, including several in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! Our on-the-job training approach means we don’t need a central campus in order to train you. Save the moving expenses, keep your day job, and learn film production, directing, screenwriting and film editing without having to move to go to film school.
Learn near where you live. Advantage: Film Connection.

2) Low Tuition Means You Graduate With Little or No Debt.

It’s ludicrous to take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt just when you’re trying to launch a film career. With the other film schools, unless your dad is an oil baron, you’ll have no choice. The Film Connection works differently. We have found ways to provide a better education than the other guys, for a lot less money. Our tuition is so low that many of our students graduate debt free, ready to get on with their careers.
Other schools not only cost more, they have lots of add-on charges. Advantage: Film Connection.

3) On-the-Job Training—No Classrooms!

Why take film school with a bunch of students in a classroom when you could learn the same thing more effectively on-the-job? The Dallas Film Connection doesn’t believe in classrooms—we believe you need to learn in the work place. That’s why every one of our students is placed as a working apprentice (extern) inside a real film production company, from day one until the day of graduation.
Real-world experience, not useless theoretical classroom instruction. Advantage: Film Connection.

4) One-on-One Training With a Real Professional.

Our unique mentor-apprentice (extern) approach means you won’t be sharing your instructor with 20-30 other students. Instead, you’ll be paired with an actual film industry professional with real credits and lots of experience. This person will become your personal mentor, teaching you everything you need to know in order to make it in the film business. Many of our students stay connected with their mentors long after they graduate. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
One teacher to one student. Advantage: Film Connection.

5) Endorsements from Hundreds of Film Professionals.

More certified film industry pros endorse the Film Connection than any other school. Why? Because they understand how the industry works, and they see that our program works better at getting people launched into film careers than the other guys do. We’re endorsed by some of the biggest names in the business, and many of them even teach students for us.
More professional endorsements than any other film school. Advantage: Film Connection.

6) Job Placement Assistance (Really).

The “job assistance” offered by most film schools is a joke—quite often, it’s an outdated list of job openings for you to “cold call.” With the Dallas Film Connection, your tuition includes enrollment in our Stay Connected Program, which offers active job placement assistance for up to a year after you graduate. (Hint: many of our students don’t even need this program. They’re so connected to the industry by the time they finish their apprenticeship (externship)s that most of them get hired right away.)
“Job placement” at other schools means handing you a cold-call lead list when you graduate. Advantage: Film Connection.

7) You’re On the Inside from Day One.

No need to go pounding on doors with our program; from day one, you’re in the door! We train you as an apprentice (extern) in an actual film production company in Dallas, which means you have the inside track to the industry from your very first day of training.
The other guys are on the outside, looking in. Advantage: Film Connection.

8) Unlimited Free Tutoring.

We don’t believe in simply processing our students through the program. We are committed to your success. That’s why we offer free, unlimited tutoring to all our students. If you get stuck on an assignment, there’s always someone you can call.
Unlimited free tutoring. Advantage: Film Connection.

9) Connections.

No matter how well you know your craft, you won’t get anywhere in the film business without connections. You can’t make those connections sitting in a classroom with other students; you can only make them by getting out where the film people are. The Film Connection gears its entire approach around getting you connected to the industry. By training you on-the-job in a real production facility, we give you the chance to meet and connect with hundreds of bona fide industry pros, enabling you to impress them with your skills so they will remember you next time they need help.
Real world film industry connections. Big Advantage: Film Connection.

10) From Dallas to Hollywood!

There’s plenty to do in the Dallas film scene, but if you want more, we’ve got it for you. Our curriculum is designed to help you through the process of developing your very own film idea. When you’re finished with your apprenticeship (externship), we give you the unprecedented opportunity to PITCH that film in Los Angeles in front of real Hollywood movie executives! You read that correctly: we’ll arrange a meeting in LA with real industry executives, giving you the chance to pitch your film. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL offers this kind of opportunity.
A real chance to break into Hollywood. Big Advantage: Film Connection. NO OTHER FILM SCHOOL DOES THIS.

Your DALLAS, TEXAS FILM SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE

There’s only one Film School in Dallas that gets you in the door of a real Dallas film production company as an apprentice (extern), where you can learn directing, producing, editing, cinematography and screenwriting from a real film professional. Make no mistake, the smartest way to break into the film business in Dallas is by working as a film apprentice (extern) inside a Dallas film production company–and the FILM CONNECTION is the school that can put you there.

Why would you spend upwards of 50 thousand dollars to go to film school at a college or film trade school, when you can spend far less money and go to film school in a real production company? Make the smart choice: learn directly from the pros in a real-world environment, gaining vital industry connections along the way. Our film school alternative is the smartest, most cost efficient way to get a quality film education.

To APPLY for our Dallas Film School, click here.

DALLAS, Texas, along with FORT WORTH, ARLINGTON and other area cities, collectively comprise the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, the 6th largest DMA in the United States. Besides being a major hub for commerce and hosting major sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Texas Rangers (MLB) and Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas is also a hotbed for film and TV production activity, with more than 2 dozen major television stations and with its own film office, serving the needs of hundreds of film and television productions. Here’s just a glimpse at the many major productions that have filmed on location in and around the Dallas Metroplex:

  • Batman & Robin
  • RoboCop (1987)
  • Dallas (TV Series, 1978-1991)
  • Dallas (the remake TV Series, 2012-present)
  • Bonnie & Clyde
  • Born On the Fourth of July
  • The Tree of Life
  • JFK
  • The Faculty

With all the film activity going on in and around Dallas, there is a multitude of mentor apprentice (extern) opportunities for those looking to produce, direct, edit, work camera or lighting, or other film opportunities. The FILM CONNECTION Film School in Dallas has the perfect on-the-job course for you. We’ll pair you with a real film professional in a real production company, and before you know it, you will be working on a film set, a TV studio or location shoot receiving one-on-one training from an industry professional. Within about 6 months, you’ll be well trained and well connected, ready to launch your career in film! And if you want to take it all the way to Hollywood, our structured curriculum will guide you through the process of developing your very own film idea, and then we’ll even arrange for you pitch your film to actual Hollywood executives! Can you name one other film school that offers this?

Over our history of nearly 30 years, the FILM CONNECTION has helped many students just like you break into the film industry through our unique mentor-apprentice (extern) approach. There’s a reason more than 70 percent of our students go on to rewarding film careers after graduating our program: simply put, no one gets you closer to the film industry than we do. Enroll today, and let us get you on the set!

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Connections Matter

Learn From Industry Pros

The Film Connection film school alternative is endorsed by filmmakers who are making the movies you love.

Professionals in the film business—including many of the famous producers, screenwriters and directors who’ve worked on the films that inspire you—endorse Film Connection’s programs for one simple reason: they know our immersive hands-on method works.

Mark Kohn

Marc is an accomplished executive with a consistent record of managing costs, measuring progress with metrics and creating operational efficiencies. He’s a thoughtful and enthusiastic professional possessing the ability to create a vision, gain executive alignment and effectively lead dynamic high performance teams for success.

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Jason Hewitt

Jason Hewitt, a native of Louisiana, left the technology industry to join the film and television industry. Hewitt was an early mover in the Internet economy, founding the website creation and marketing management company Planet Symphony in 1994.

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David Fuhrer

David’s stage and studio clients include: Bravo, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, Sex & The City, American Cancer Society, Clairol, Law & Order – Criminal Intent, Amazon, Verizon, VH1, The History Channel, MTV, Director’s Guild of America and many many more.

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ICM Partners

and RRF have donated to the Hide & Seek Foundation’s SOAR (Support of Accelerated Research).

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Carl Millender

Carl Millender born in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 5, 1970 is a pioneer in the film and television industry. In 1990 Carl Millender became a cultural consultant for NBC’s new programs, including “The Fresh Prince of Bel-air”, “Seinfeld”…

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Brian Glazen

Equal parts MacGyver, Steven Spielberg and Gandhi, Brian has ideas. Ideas about marketing, ideas about communication and ideas about fixing just about anything that might be broken. When he’s not sharing his ideas with clients you can usually find him fixing things at his own home or eagerly searching for things that may need fixing…

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Sam Borowski

“Film Connection truly is the ‘Film School of Hard Knocks.’ It helps new students to gain experience and network and teaches one thing I always preach to young filmmakers: practicality. It gives new students and would-be filmmakers, writers and editors, a chance to connect personally with their mentors.”

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Alex Keledjian

Producer of Project Greenlight

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Richard Berg

Richard Berg is an Art Director’s Guild and Emmy nominated Production Designer. He is responsible for the Production Design of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Eleventh Hour, Miami Medical, Chase and Modern Family. Berg is also an architect.

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Jeff Kushon

Great program. I’m proud to be a part of it.” Jeff has worked on over 200 film sets and has been a Set Decorator on hit movies, “Dude Where’s My Car”, “Nurse Betty”, “Blade 2”, “Beautiful”, “She’s All That” as well as TV shows “Modern Family”, “Trust Me” and “Miami Medical”.

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Luis Estrada

“Our first apprentice (extern) in this program was put right in the middle of the action and it was amazing how he was able to learn by doing. This Film Connection is great for people with a sincere interest in this field. Our apprentice (extern) turned out to be a reliable resource and we hope […]

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Matt Pellowski

“Being paired with working professionals and established companies allows up-and-coming artists to learn on the job, introduces them to the realities of film production, and helps them acquire the tools needed to become successful. Two of our current staff are graduates of the Film Connection.”

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Contact the Dallas Film Connection


2101 Cedar Springs
Office 1050
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 385-4422

Email: admissions@rrfedu.com
Hours: M - F 11:00AM - 8:00PM